Around the Ivy League
Penn (2-1) and Brown (0-2) kick off a full day of action in Ivy play. An hour after they face off in Providence, sixth-ranked Cornell (3-0) and Harvard (1-1) are scheduled to face off in Cambridge. About a half-hour later, Dartmouth (1-1) and No. 18 Yale (1-2) will meet in New Haven. Princeton (1-2) has the bye this weekend; instead, the Tigers will host No. 1 Syracuse Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Series with Brown
The Quakers and the Bears have met 48 times previously, with Brown holding a 29-19 lead in the series. A recent distinction to the series is that the road team has won the last four meetings -- last year, Brown was a 12-9 victor at Franklin Field. On the other hand, Penn has won the last two games played in Providence, 7-6 in 2009 and 12-10 in 2007.
The Bears (3-6, 0-2) are still looking for their first Ivy League win after dropping a 5-4 decision to Princeton in four overtimes last Saturday. On Tuesday, Brown went out of conference and lost 8-7 to local rival Bryant. Andrew Feinberg leads Bruno in scoring, with 27 points (19g, 8a), while Parker Brown has 22 points (12g, 10a) and David Hawley has 16 (15g, 1a). Hawley was a first-team All-Ivy pick a year ago. Defender Peter Fallon was second-team All-Ivy in 2010. In goal, Matt Chriss -- who received All-Ivy honorable mention last year -- has a 7.48 GAA and a .634 save percentage.
*With its triple-overtime win last Friday against Yale, Penn moved up one spot to 12th in both sets of national rankings, the USILA coaches poll and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll.
*According to Laxpower.com, Penn entered the week third nationally in strength of schedule and eighth in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI).
*Penn's schedule this season includes teams currently ranked fourth (Duke), fifth (UNC), sixth (Cornell) and 11th (Villanova) in the latest USILA poll. Still on the horizon is Virginia, the preseason No. 1 that is currently ranked ninth.
*Penn's triple-OT game last Friday was its longest since the Quakers went five overtimes in a 9-8 loss to Cornell on April 28, 1973.
*The win was Penn's first in OT since April 5, 2008, a 9-8 decision at Dartmouth. Since then, the Quakers had lost five straight extra-time contests.
*Penn is 5-0 at home this season, and has won six in a row at Franklin Field dating back to last season. That is tied for the fifth-longest home winning streak at the NCAA Division I level with Harvard. (Who's ahead of the Quakers and Crimson? Duke and Hofstra at 14, and Army and Bucknell at 9.) The flip side of this, of course, is that Penn is 0-3 on the road heading into Providence this weekend.
*IN THE NATIONAL STATS (team): Penn entered the week seventh in caused turnovers per game (10.25), ninth in man-up offense (47.8 success), and 12th in scoring defense (7.63 GAA).
*IN THE NATIONAL STATS (individual): junior Will Koshansky entered the week third in caused turnovers per game (3.25) while freshman Maxx Meyer was 10th (2.00); senior Corey Winkoff moved up to fourth in assists per game (2.00); freshman Brian Feeney was 12th in goals-against average (7.42); twin brother Danny Feeney is 38th in ground balls per game (4.38).
*After being held scoreless in Penn's first two games, Winkoff has 21 points in the last six contests. He has a team-high 16 assists.
*Winkoff -- who had a goal and four assists last Friday vs. Yale -- now has 84 assists in his career which is fourth all-time at Penn. Andy Crofton is third on the list; he had 86 from 1993-96.
*In a survey of the NCAA Division I SIDs, Winkoff's 84 career assists tie him for fifth among active players nationally, with Maryland senior Ryan Young.
*In the last four games, Winkoff has 13 assists (3.25 apg) and 17 points (4.25 ppg).
*Senior Al Kohart leads Penn with 15 goals and is second on the team with 18 points.
*Kohart has recorded at least a point in seven of Penn's eight games, with two four-point outings and two three-point games.
*Sophomore Rob Fitzpatrick had three goals last Friday vs. Yale, giving him 13 points (9g, 4a) which is tied for third on the team with junior John Conneely (7g, 6a).
*Junior Dan Savage also had a hat trick against the Bulldogs, giving him eight goals for the season which is third on the team.
*In all, five different Penn players have had hat tricks this season. The others, besides Fitzpatrick and Savage? Conneely vs. Lafayette, Kohart vs. UNC and Cornell, and Will Amling at Cornell.
*Fitzpatrick is the only Penn player to record a point in every game this season, while Winkoff has scored in six straight games. Conneely had a six-game point-scoring streak snapped against Yale.
*Freshman Drew Belinsky -- who scored the OT winner against Yale -- is Penn's top freshman scorer with eight points (5g, 3a). Another freshman, Ryan Parietti, netted his fourth goal of the season in the Yale contest.
*Koshansky, a long-stick middie, has four points this season (2g, 2a) and also leads Penn with 26 caused turnovers; Meyer is behind him in CTs (16), as are fellow close defensemen Brett Hughes (13) and Anthony Santomo (10).
*Freshman Danny Feeney has been Penn's primary faceoff man through the first seven games; he leads the Quakers with 35 ground balls, followed by Koshansky (26) and Meyer (25).
*In goal, Brian Feeney has played every minute. He has a 7.42 goals-against average and a .483 save percentage.
*Penn has held two different opponents to three goals this season, Duke and Princeton. The last time the Quakers held two different teams to three or fewer goals in a single season was 2001 (3 to Bucknell, 3 to Brown).
*Prior to this season, the last time Penn held ANY opponent to three goals was the 2006 season opener, a 19-3 win over Siena.
*Penn had seven different players score its eight goals vs. the Tigers, the second time that has happened this season (also Bucknell). In the season opener, the Quakers had six different players score their seven goals against Duke.
*Penn returns four players who received All-Ivy honors last year -- Hughes was a second-team All-Ivy pick, while Winkoff, Kohart and Conneely were honorable mention.